Michigan State Athletics: 2014-2015 Best coach nominees

Starting last week, we started looking at the best of the best regarding Michigan State athletics over the last year. So far, we have let you vote for the nominees for best male athlete and best female athlete. Today, we are taking a look at the coaches who got the most out of those athletes, as we examine the best coaches that Michigan State had to offer over the past year. Tom...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: The impact of Deyonta Davis

While Spartan fans heard the news earlier in the week of Eron Harris being suspended from the team indefinitely, there is still light at the end of the tunnel. We are only a short four months away from college basketball season, but Deyonta Davis is already creating waves of anticipation in East Lansing. He’s already drawing the comparisons to that of Adreian Payne and Draymond...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: Orlando Summer League recap

During the course of the NBA’s Summer League, three former Michigan State basketball players took part in the Orlando session. While Gary Harris and Adreian Payne have been added to Las Vegas rosters, we are going to take a look at who helped or hurt themselves in earning a spot on an NBA roster while in the Sunshine State. If you want to keep up with the latest in the scheduling...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: NBA Summer League Stats

Over the course of the next few weeks, you can come right here to check out how former Michigan State basketball players Branden Dawson, Travis Trice, Keith Appling and Gary Harris are performing in the NBA Summer Leagues, as well as their schedules. According to, other possible participants include Adreian Payne and Kalin Lucas. Payne, and maybe Lucas, along with any other...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: Lacey’s parents visit The Rock, thank MSU students

As the Michigan State University students rolled on the last coat of paint Tuesday night — nearly 105 minutes after they began — a message from Matt and Heather Holsworth was read aloud to those gathered at The Rock: “To our amazing MSU Students and those gathered at the Rock, We are so sorry that we cannot be with you tonight. These last few days have been difficult for us...
April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Princess Lacey’s Legacy holding a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings

On April 8th, 2014, the Michigan State community lost one of its brightest stars in Lacey Holsworth. Lacey, who was eight years old when she passed, had been battling neuroblastoma for over two years. She befriended MSU star Adreian Payne and the two were a great duo. The Holsworth family almost became a second family to Payne, who had been battling some personal issues himself...
February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: The Michigan State Basketball Team Went Water Tubing And Had An Awesome Time

The Michigan State men’s basketball team will look a little different next season. Gone are, arguably, the team’s top three players in Keith Appling, Gary Harris and Adreian Payne. The 2014-15 squad likely won’t have chemistry problems, though.  Most of the members of the current crop of Spartans recently spent some time together. They went water tubing and appeared to have...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

First-round pick Payne highlights Hawks' Summer League roster

The Atlanta Hawks three 2014 draft picks will compete on the team's Summer League team in Las Vegas, Nev., beginning next week, the team announced on Tuesday. First-round pick Adreian Payne, who the Hawks drafted out of Michigan State to develop into yet another skilled stretch-four, will join second-round selections Lamar Patterson and Walter Tavares on the team. As with any top...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

MSU Basketball: Adreian Payne is a good fit with the Atlanta Hawks

On Thursday night, former Michigan State power forward Adreian Payne was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 15th overall pick in the NBA Draft. Surrounded by Tom Izzo and Draymond Green and dressed in his suit with pink lining in honor of Lacey Holsworth– he wore it in memory of her because it was something he “knew she’d really like”– the pick came as a little bit...
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: Adreian Payne’s Colorful Draft Outfit Is A Tribute To Lacey Holsworth

NBA Draft outfits can be a bit gaudy, but they often have a lot of thought behind them. We’ve already seen what Marcus Smart included in his jacket lining, Michigan State’s Adreian Payne’s outfit also had some extra significance—it is a tribute to Lacey Holsworth. Pointing to “Adorable Lacey.” RT @freepsports It appears @Adreian_Payne is ready. What about you? #NBAdraft...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA Draft: Atlanta Hawks Select Adreian Payne

With the 15 th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft; the Atlanta Hawks elect Adreian Payne, Power Forward, Michigan State University Adreian Payne is a rarity in recent NBA Drafts: a college senior. At 6’10″, Payne measures in with an amazing 7’4″ wingspan, which means one thing, he could be able to guard both the center and power forward positions in the NBA. The combine went well...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Hawks draft Michigan State's Payne in first round

After picking international prospects Dennis Schroder and Lucas Nogueira in the 2013 NBA Draft, Hawks general manager Danny Ferry reached into the collegiate ranks for his first-round selection this time around. Michigan State forward Adreian Payne was selected No. 15 overall by the Hawks on Thursday night. Payne was the second four-year college player off the draft board behind...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Wolverine Stauskas jokes about rooming with Spartan Payne

Nik Stauskas is a player that’s reportedly been rising in the minds of NBA teams. The former Michigan star is expected to be a lottery pick in tonight’s NBA Draft.  In an interview with, the sharpshooter answered a number of wide ranging questions, including one that resulted in an answer about Michigan State’s Adreian Payne.  Payne, Stauskas and Michigan’s...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Hawks' draft need for size, shooting may lead to Payne at No. 15

ATLANTA -- In his first two drafts as general manager of the Atlanta Hawks, Danny Ferry focused on the franchise's long-term future. With the exception of 2012 second-round pick Mike Scott, few of Ferry's draftees have made an immediate impact on the roster. The first-rounders, John Jenkins, Dennis Schroder and Lucas Nogueira, were taken with the understanding the Hawks would give...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan State's Payne impresses Wolves in workout

MINNEAPOLIS -- A 6-foot-10 power forward with the ability to rebound and shoot 3-pointers was working out on the Target Center floor on Saturday. Not so fast. It wasn't Kevin Love making his return to the home court. Michigan State's Adreian Payne, a possible target for the Minnesota Timberwolves with the No. 13 pick in the NBA Draft on June 26, was one of six prospects working out...
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

It's no stretch to project Payne in Suns' offense

PHOENIX -- NBA Draft scholars typically spend an impressive level of energy identifying possible comps between current prospects and existing professionals. And if you follow the talent-selection process of the Suns, it's easy to understand why anyone wearing the "stretch four" label is unofficially connected to Channing Frye. So even though every player invited to the team's pre...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Adreian Payne, Clint Capela Illustrate Evolution Of Big Man Position

WALTHAM, Mass. — Clint Capela may not speak English very well, but for the moment he is trying to convince NBA teams he is fluent in the language of basketball. The Swiss big man by way of France worked out with the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, joining a mixed crop of prospects at the team’s practice facility. He was modest about how he performed, though he did seem more satisfied...
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

MSU basketball: Payne or Harris better NBA prospect?

According to the experts, Adreian Payne and Gary Harris will both come off the board in the first round of this years NBA Draft. However, there isn’t complete agreement on who will be taken first out of the two Spartan graduates Gary Harris’ shooting touch makes him an intriguing NBA prospectAlmost every expert mock draft had Gary Harris being selected before Adreian Payne until...
June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Family honors Princess Lacey with racehorse

"Down the stretch comes Lacey the Spartan." Like many college basketball fans this past season, a Louisville, Ky, family was so moved by the story of an 8-year-old cancer patient from St. Johns, Mich., that they've named one of their racehorses after her. Lacey Holsworth, whose friendship with Adreian Payne and the entire Michigan State team became such a source of inspiration, died...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Utah Jazz Draft Profile: Adreian Payne – Michigan State

Adreian Payne Payne is one player who has really benefited from returning to college.  Over his years at Michigan State he has turned into an incredible stretch 4.  He went from taking 2 3-pointers in his sophomore year, to 41 in his junior year.  He hit on those 41 attempts at a rate of 38.1%, a big jump.  He has continued that jump by attempting 104 3’s his senior year and...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA Executives Are Impressed With Adreian Payne And His Bond With Lacey Holsworth

Adreian Payne will always be known as a talented forward at Michigan State, but his lasting legacy as a Spartan may be his amazing friendship with the late Lacey Holsworth. At the NBA Combine this week, teams have asked Payne about his relationship with Lacey, who tragically passed away in early April, and the Holsworth family, and they’ve reportedly come away impressed. An 8...
Via College Spun
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Michigan State’s Adreian Payne Played With Mono During Season’s Final Months

Adreian Payne had one of the most impressive NCAA Tournament game performances in recent memory. The Michigan State senior forward scored 41 points in the Spartans’ opening contest against Delaware, going 17-of-17 from the free-throw line. More impressive than his stat line, though, is what Payne was dealing with during that time.  Adreian Payne says he had mono since January...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Photos: Lacey Holsworth's family attends Adreian Payne's graduation

There’s not much more that can be said about the relationship shared by Adreian Payne and Lacey Holsworth, the eight-year-old girl who captured America’s heart before losing her battle with cancer. Today, Payne graduated from Michigan State University. There to support him was Lacey’s family.  Graduation Day for @adreian_payne w/family of @adorablelacey. @DickieV @msu_basketball...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Lacey Holsworth’s Life Celebration Memorial At Michigan State’s Breslin Center

Last week, Michigan State held a public memorial for Lacey Holsworth, the eight-year-old who famously befriended Spartan star Adreian Payne before losing her courageous battle with cancer April 8. The service, held April 17 at the Breslin Center–Michigan State’s basketball arena–was attended by thousands. Spartan guard Travis Trice spoke, and Payne did a “silent dunk” to...
Via College Spun
April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Adreian Payne Honors Lacey Holsworth at Ceremony in her Honor

The story of Lacey Holsworth and Michigan State's Adreian Payne was one of the best and definitely the most touching of the March Madness Tournament. Her friendship with Payne was inspiring to say the least and when she lost her battle with cancer at the tender age of eight the news was--well, just talking about it now is getting me all misty eyed.A special ceremony was held in her...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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